Migraine and Headache Practitioner in Berlin MD
Migraine headaches can involve throbbing in one location that varies in intensity. Common symptoms include nausea and sensitivity to light and sound. Headaches are characterized by discomfort in the head, face, or upper neck that varies in frequency and intensity. Visit our practitioner, Julianne J. McBride CRNP for migraine and headache diagnosis and treatment. For more information, please call us or book an appointment online. We are conveniently located at 314 Franklin Avenue, Suite 103, Berlin, MD 21811.
Table of Contents:
What is the difference between a migraine and a headache?
What causes a migraine headache?
What kinds of tests are done for headaches?
When should you be concerned about headaches?
How does a migraine feel?
Pain, tension, or discomfort in the head or neck region is often categorized as a headache. This neurological condition can occur for a number of different reasons and manifest with a variety of symptoms. There are several different kinds of headaches, including migraines, cluster headaches, and hypnic headaches. Treatment for headaches and migraines varies depending on the underlying cause and severity of the symptoms and is frequently best handled by a headache and migraine treatment specialist.
Headaches and migraines are often confused with one another because they have a lot of similarities, but there are also some key differences that can help you tell them apart. Migraine is a neurological disorder that affects the brain and causes severe headaches. It can also come with nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, dizziness, or vomiting. Migraines are a lot more than just a headache; they are the most common form of severe and chronic headaches. Migraine sufferers experience intense, throbbing pain on one side of their heads that can last for hours or days.
In addition to this, migraines usually start with an aura, which is a visual disturbance like flashes of light or blind spots in your field of vision. Some people also experience numbness, tingling, and other sensory changes before the pain sets in.
A headache is a neurological condition characterized by discomfort, tenderness, pain, or tension in the head, temples, or neck muscles. They can be caused by various things, including stress or tension in the neck muscles, sinusitis, dehydration, or lack of sleep. Headaches can also be caused by allergies such as pollen or food additives like MSG (monosodium glutamate), which have been linked to migraines.
There are a number of things that can trigger a migraine headache; some of the most common culprits include:
• Bright light
• Emotional or physical stress
• Hormonal changes
• Too little or too much sleep
• Loud sounds
• Smoking or exposure to smoke
• Blood sugar fluctuation (due to missing meals)
• Certain foods that contain nitrates or MSG
In most cases, diagnosing headaches starts with a discussion of symptoms and experiences, as well as going over medical history. Once this information has been compiled, the doctor will then perform a thorough physical evaluation to look for the cause of any of the symptoms the patient is experiencing. In addition to this physical exam, the doctor may also perform neurological exams, which focus on ruling out diseases of the brain that could be causing symptoms.
Fortunately, most headaches are minor and go away on their own without the need for professional medical intervention, but there are certain situations that can indicate that a headache may be a cause for concern. These include headaches that:
• Are severe and start suddenly
• Occur with fever, seizures, stiff neck, confusion, fainting, or neurological symptoms like numbness, tingling, weakness
• Are accompanied by a painful red eye
• Are accompanied by tenderness near the temples
• Become more frequent
• Interfere with daily activities
• Are triggered by sneezing, coughing, or exercising
• Occur after an injury to the head
• Occur alongside a weakened immune system
• Are accompanied by painkiller overuse
Migraines are experienced differently by everyone, and therefore, what one person experiences can be very different from what another person experiences. However, in most cases, migraines are described as an immense amount of pressure on the head and skull or on certain areas, such as the eyes or temples. They are also commonly reported to cause mental distress and brain fog, as the pain can be so distracting that it can make it nearly impossible to hold a simple conversation.
Come to Coastal Primary Care & Wellness for top-level care for migraines and headaches. Call us today to book an online appointment with our migraine and headache practitioner, or visit our clinic conveniently located at 314 Franklin Avenue, Suite 103, Berlin, MD 21811. We serve patients from Berlin MD, Ocean City MD, Salisbury MD, Ocean Pines MD, Pocomoke MD, Newark MD, Fruitland MD, Snow Hill MD, and Selbyville DE. We look forward to serving you!